2022. Director : Tamer Ruggli
Starring : Nadine Labaki, Fanny Ardant, Eva Monti…
Production : Tipi’Images Genève
« RETOUR EN ALEXANDRIE » (aka Back to Alexandria)
directed by TAMER RUGGLI
|produced by:||Tipi’Images Geneva + Les Films de la Capitaine Paris|
|starring:||Nadine Labaki, Fanny Ardant etc|
SHOOTING IN EGYPT
It was not easy to find my heads of departments that would speak English, as literally no occidental crews are coming to shoot anymore in Egypt since 2013.
But we were very lucky to meet Mohammed Morsi (local gaffer) and Ahmed Baskota (local keygrip) with there quite big crews. I had also my Swiss gaffer Greg Pedat with me but gripwise we worked only with the local crew….
For the recce we were expecting hours of traffic to get to our locations, but we were lucky as we did our prep during Ramadan 2022. During this period traffic is much less!
Then shooting began in Cairo, Fayoum and Alexandria with mostly an Egyptian crew and this was a real adventure……
CHOICE OF LENSES
To achieve a nostalgic look I used the very beautiful Hawk Vintage 74 lenses. I did already used these lenses before on the film YVES SAINT LAURENT. dir. by Jalil Lespert.
They use older coating techniques, resulting in a unique softness with gentle aberrations and lower contrast! This gives a very organic texture and is still precise and consistent!
|Films:||Carol||Todd Haynes / Ed Lachmann|
|In the Mood for Love||Wong Kar-wai / Chris Doyle+Ping Bin Lee|
Polaroid SX-79 look inspired by the polaroids of Robby Müller + William Eggleston
|Production||Tipi’mages-Francine Lusser+Gérard Monier, Geneva Switzerland
Les Films de la Capitaine-Laurine Pelassy, Paris France
|Production designer||Sébastian Birchler|
|Costume designer||Anna Van Brée|
|1.AC||Maxime Raymond (was a 1.time collaboration, not to be recommended)|
|Data Wrangler||Yakoub Nashaat|
|Gaffer (whole film)||Greg Pedat|
|Gaffer Egypt||Mahmoud Morsi|
|Key Grip in Egypt||Ahmed Baskota|
|Key Grip in Swiss||Urs Schmid|
|Cameras||Alexa Mini Classic|
|Arri Raw Open Gate 3.4K/2.39:1|
|Lenses||Hawk Vintage 74 anamorphic primes|
|Camera+Lighting Equipment||Visuals, Geneva|
|Grip equipment||FTK, Zurich|
|Digital Lab||Kamerawerk, Winterthur + Lomotion, Bern|
|Colorist dailies||Léo Weissenbach|
|Colorist||Richard Deusy on DaVinci Resolve at Lomotion, Bern|
|Lighting Equipment||from Mahmoud Morsi, Cairo|
|Grip Equipment||Black Team, Cairo|